A "registered report" (a term coined by the Center for Open Science, see link below) refers to the publications of a research project that is published in two stages:
- publication of the peer-reviewed research protocol (Stage 1 Registered Report, or RR1) - in JMIR journals this is done in JMIR Research Protocols, which guarantees subsequent acceptance of the results (RR2 paper, see below) in any JMIR journal (or partner journals) independently on whether the research turns out to be negative. See also Why should I publish my protocol or grant proposal?
- publication of the actual research results (Stage 2 Registered Report - RR2)
Registered Reports enhance transparency and reduce publication bias.
For further information on Registered Reports see Registered Report (Center for Open Science) [external link].
International Registered Report Identifiers
Since May 2018, JMIR assigns a Registered Report Identifier (RRID), since October 2018 called International Registered Report Identifier [IRRID], to protocols (RR1 stage 1 papers) published in JMIR Res Protoc.
These IRRID identifiers also signify that the project/results paper is "in principle" accepted for publication in any other JMIR journal or partner journals accepting registered reports, and the identifier should be cited in the abstract of the subsequent results (RR2) paper.
We urge other journals/publishers to adopt the IRRID system by citing the IRRID in the abstract of a results (RR2) paper which has a registered protocol.
For details see: What is the International Registered Report Identifier (IRRID)?
Examples for Registered Reports in JMIR journals
(JMIR is starting to cross-link these articles using the Registered Report icon)